The Home School Court Report
VOLUME XIX, NUMBER 4
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July / August 2003


FEATURES
Homeschoolers shine at competitions
Ready for the new school year
Farris given prize
The tide turns with the Stumbo decision

Signs of the turning tide

Timeline of the Stumbo case

The Stumbos' thoughts
Bush signs bill to protect families

DEPARTMENTS
Along the way

The National Center for Home Education
Freedom Watch

Watching school choice issues
From the heart
Across the states
Members only
Active Cases
About Campus
President's page

Beyond our expectations

ET AL.

Prayer & Praise

a contrario sensu (on the other hand)

HSLDA social services contact policy/A plethora of forms

HSLDA legal contacts for March/April 2003



  LEGAL/LEGISLATIVE UPDATES  



ACROSS THE STATES

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NORTH CAROLINA

Religious freedom bill reintroduced

After stalling in last year's legislative session, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act was reintroduced during the 2003 legislative session as House Bill 403. If enacted, this legislation would confirm religious freedom as a fundamental right and restore the compelling interest test to state action that burdens the free exercise of religion.

House Bill 403 was initially considered by the House Ways and Means Committee, which gave the bill a favorable report and sent it to the House Judiciary II Committee, where it remains as this article goes to press.

Passage of this legislation would raise the standard of protection for religious freedom in North Carolina for individuals, homeschool parents, churches, and all who desire to freely exercise their religious beliefs. Under the proposed law, if an individual's religious beliefs were in conflict with state law, the state would have to prove that enforcement of the law was essential to fulfilling the state's compelling interest and that it was the least restrictive way of doing so. If the state failed to meet its burden of proof, the state law would have to give way to the individual's religious freedom.

Home School Legal Defense Association urges all North Carolina member families to contact their legislators and express their support of this bill. The North Carolina General Assembly switchboard number is 919-733-7928. To learn the name of your state senator and representative, use HSLDA's Legislative Toolbox at: http://www.hslda.org/toolbox.

Dewitt T. Black